How to Stop Push Email on Your iPhone

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That little light that says you  have a new message makes your heart beat a little faster, admit it. New email must be checked immediately and the more often it comes in the more often you get that rush. It’s not surprising that checking email eats up about a quarter of your day, according to a study from Microsoft. But what might surprise you is that it takes more than a minute to recover a train of thought after an email interruption. And, as if losing your focus wasn’t enough of a reason to back away from the constant email checks, when your iPhone is constantly seeking new messages to deliver to your inbox, it’s draining your battery life. Here’s how to stop the madness.

1. Turn off push notifications by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

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2. Tap Fetch New Data.

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3. Select Manual to get the best battery results.

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4. Access new emails by opening your mail app and pulling down on the screen.


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  1. ccassb Says:

    you can have more control over your email notifications etc if you install an app, the mail app on the iphone is too limited for me, installed altamail and its so much easier, handling multiple email accounts and being able to bulk select as well as customize email notifications is much more convenient

  2. Mark Says:

    I love push email. I have relatives overseas and email is their cheapest form of contact. And I loved how quick response when I place an online order. I don’t have to manually click check mail… again, and again, and again… just to see if my order was placed. A real God send when you’re sitting in a Mcdonalds parking lot waiting on a motel reservation confirmation. Not to mention that Activesync uses less bandwidth than IMAP on any day of the week. That’s the real battery saver!

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